Postpartum Services $30/hr

Postpartum Visit

Postpartum Visit

My Postpartum services are an hourly basis (minimum 2 hours per visit) for up to 6-8 weeks after your delivery to assist with the following:

  • Care for you and your baby so you can rest, shower, eat and take care of yourself.
  • Light household tasks such as dishes, laundry, light cleaning, etc.
  • Help with errands, grocery shopping, simple meal preparation.
  • Breastfeeding education and assistance, including troubleshooting problems, answering questions, and learning how to use your pump and introducing bottles at the right time.
  • Professional guidance on newborn care, soothing techniques, safe sleep, baby-wearing, and helping you get to know your newborn.
  • Assisting with the family’s transition during the postpartum period, including helping your and your partner figure out your new roles as parents, suggestions to help older siblings adjust to the new baby, guidance on smoothing the transition when your partner goes back to work, learning to get enough sleep and take care of yourself.
  • Attending doctor’s appointments or other appointments with mom/baby.

I do offer reduced pricing for families who pre-pay for 40 or more hours in advance.

“I don’t think I can ever thank Shelley enough. She was postpartum doula for me after my 2nd child. After coming back from the hospital, my husband and I was completely exhausted from taking care of the newborn, looking after our kindergartener and running the household. Shelley helped us in so many areas – newborn care and breastfeeding guidance, fixing our sleep schedules, help with household chores, quality time with our older kid – to name a few. She’s very friendly, a great listener and gave me sage advises when I asked. I even learned quite a few cooking tricks from her :-)! I’m eternally grateful to her and I’m certain that it would have taken me a much longer time to recover without her support and guidance. I highly recommend any new parents to get her support.”   –Nabila, mom to Nashita and Reina

My Labor Support Services – Repeat Clients only

Dad and Shelley help mom through labor

Dad and Shelley help mom through labor

  • 1-2 prenatal visits
  • 1 prenatal visit with you and your caregiver to discuss your plans and wishes for labor and birth.
  • Unlimited phone calls/text/emails for questions and concerns before, and after the birth. 24/7 on call availability.
  • Continuous, one on one labor support once labor begins.
  • Assistance following the delivery (usually 1-2 hours after the birth) with your personal needs, picture taking, and beginning breastfeeding.
  • Postpartum follow-up: 1-2 visits  after you come home to address baby care, recovery, and breastfeeding questions.
  • Personalized birth story, written from my perspective, for you to keep!

“Shelley, Thank you so much for everything you’ve done for us. Milo’s birth would have been a vastly different experience without you— I’m not at all sure I could have done it naturally without your help”
— Krisdee, mom to Milo, and later- Eliot and Emmet

How does a doula really make a difference?
Results from different studies have all suggested that having a doula reduces the overall cesarean rate by 50%, Pitocin use by 40% and requests for epidurals by 60%. The use of a doula also showed a major reduction in the length of labor due to fewer stress hormones being produced in the laboring woman’s body.

The Doula Book © 2002; Klaus, Marshall, Klaus and Kennell.